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February 12, 2015

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1:00 AM | Australians note: Canadians say why a food was recalled and if anyone was sick, Elite Salads brand White Fish recalled
They may be bullshitting, but at least there’s a basic effort. Elite Salads International is recalling Elite Salads brand White Fish from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product … Continue reading →

February 11, 2015

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11:37 PM | Saudi MOH: 5 New MERS Cases
# 9700   After several days of `telegraphing’ that an uptick in MERS cases was expected, the Saudi MOH has today announced 5 new MERS cases, including two Health Care Workers, one of whom appears to have had an exposure at a healthcare facility, and other’s exposure is still under investigation.    Cases are unusually widely scattered across the Kingdom, with two deaths and three recoveries are also reported.  
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7:32 PM | Third Annual Contest for Inflammatory Language
Inflammatory Language is a series of primers on inflammation science. Care to contribute? There is a free preview copy of the following for the one winning submission:Preview Copy of The Forgotten PlagueAmerican Experience 2/10/15Photo by CM Doran 2015American Experience: The Forgotten PlagueThe Deadly Story of Tuberculosis in America and the Hunt for a CurePremiered 2/10/15The 2013 winner was Dr. Monica Lalanda of Medicoacuadros. Her illustrations were included […]
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1:25 PM | Unusual Presentation Of Parotitis With Seasonal Influenza
Credit Wikipedia   # 9699   The parotid glands are located on either side of the face, and are our largest salivary glands.   We don’t tend to notice them unless they become enlarged, usually due to a bacterial or viral infection.   The classic cause of parotitis is the mumps virus, but other viruses (EBV & HIV), along with acute bacterial parotitis or Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis can cause inflammation of these glands, as well as some […]
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12:37 PM | Guizhou Province Reports Only Their 2nd H7N9 Case
Guizhou Province – Credit Wikipedia   # 9699   A little over a year ago, Guizhou province reported their one and only H7N9 case (see Guizhou Province Reports Their First (Apparently Imported) H7N9 Case).  Since then - with the exception of 10 cases reported from the Xinjiang autonomous region in the far west - almost all H7N9 cases have been clustered around China’s Eastern provinces.   Whether this indicates a lack of H7N9 in the interior provinces […]
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12:07 PM | Philippine Dept Of Health Statement On Imported MERS Case – ex KSA
KSA - The International hub of MERS – Credit ECDC    # 9698   The statement by the Saudi MOH on Monday that so far in 2015, there had been no nosocomial transmission of MERS in the Kingdom may prove to have been premature, as we have news overnight of a 32-year-old Filipino nurse, recently returned from Saudi Arabia, testing positive for MERS in Manila.    First the (translated) statement from the MOH, followed by a Xinhua report, after which I’ll […]
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11:29 AM | APHA: Valentines Preparedness E-Cards For 2015
Follow @GetReady on Twitter   # 9697   The United States sees – on average – 60 to 80 major disasters each year (see FEMA list), and yet most Americans remain woefully unprepared to fend for themselves for even the first 72 hours.    And three days is a minimum goal, as some disasters (think Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, or a major earthquake) could cause interruptions lasting a week or longer, and federal state and local help could be spread […]
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10:14 AM | Like I tell mommies-to-be: Listeria is prevalent, persistent in retail delis
Purdue University research shows that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. A study led by Haley Oliver, assistant professor of food science, … Continue reading →
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4:42 AM | Up the butt: Clearance of E.coli O157:H7 infection in calves by rectal administration of bovine lactoferrin
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) strains, of which E. coli O157:H7 is the best-studied serotype, are an important group of foodborne pathogens causing severe illness in humans worldwide. The main reservoirs for EHEC are ruminants, mostly cattle, which harbor the bacteria … Continue reading →
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3:54 AM | Food Safety Talk 72: It’s a cup that you fill full of poutine w/ Manan Sharma
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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2:43 AM | Some talk, some do: 101 burgers all temped for safety
Sorenne was in prep (kindergarten for North American types) last year when she asked, “Dad, can I order food from the tuck shop?” “Not until I check it out,” said Dr. food safety dad. So I asked about, and, as … Continue reading →
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2:23 AM | Text me, don’t e-mail me, to influence food safety behavior
I hate texting. I learned how to do it so I could chat with my kids, but I much prefer e-mail. Chapman says I’m old, and the whole e-mail thing just passed by these kids. The hardest lesson to teach … Continue reading →
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2:07 AM | Food safety Frank: Go beyond government standards (remember the Pinto)
When Frank Yiannas left Disney to go work for Walmart, I asked, why? He said something along the lines of, bigger brand, bigger influence. Food safety Frank is using that influence. As its aisles were bustling with holiday shoppers a … Continue reading →
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1:40 AM | People have cameras: Hot flatiron salad spot Sweetgreen shut down by NYC
It’s not quite an entire rodent, but the Flatiron outpost of super hot salad spot Sweetgreen has been shuttered by the Department of Health for evidence of live mice, among other things. Tipster Ryan Eugene Kelley sent photos from the … Continue reading →

February 10, 2015

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11:47 PM | Cow poop is no joke
A southeast Iowa couple who were sent cow manure in the mail have sued the woman who acknowledges that she paid to have the poop sent. Mary Eipert and Steven Rowland want a judge to order Kimberly Capdevila and her … Continue reading →
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11:38 PM | Vaccination works: Hepatitis A rates fall in US children, rise in adults
As all children attending two schools in Portsmouth, UK will be vaccinated against Hepatitis A in light of a potential outbreak, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that adults are particularly at risk for Hep A infections. … Continue reading →
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9:34 PM | Why We #CitSci
Your Wild Life is relocating to the West Coast this week to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Citizen Science Association in San Jose, California. We’re looking forward to two FUN-FILLED days of building connections and exchanging ideas with 600 other scientists, volunteers, data managers, educators, and science communicators who – like us – are dedicated to engaging the public in scientific research. Together with our colleagues and collaborators at the NC Museum of […]
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7:33 PM | NZ restaurant gets an E grade following inspection
I’ve seen A and B restaurant grades, and the occasional C. I know what R-rated is, but I’ve not seen an E-rating for a food business until now. According to the New Zealand Herald, Kiwi Country Fried Chicken and Fish, an … Continue reading →
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6:36 PM | Two Irish newborns rushed to hospital after contracting terrapin botulism
Two newborns were left fighting for life after contracting terrapin-related botulism, it has emerged. Both babies were just 11 days old when they were rushed to hospital with the disease, which is linked to pet turtles. The cases are the … Continue reading →
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6:31 PM | Cute but careful: Guidelines for human-animal interactions published
Just in time for our annual school Fete (it’s a British thing) that will feature animals of some sort, I get to further play Dougie Downer and distribute this 2-page guide for playing with animals. Our paper on human-animal interactions … Continue reading →
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3:59 PM | Outbreaks Of H5N8 & FMD Continue To Plague South Korea
  Credit Japan’s MAFF   # 9696   With the Lunar New Year (Seollal in Korea) looming, authorities in South Korea are scrambling to try to contain recent outbreaks of avian (H5N8) influenza in poultry and FMD (Foot & Mouth Disease) in pigs.     In recent days H5N8 was even found in the droppings of birds in the nation’s capital, Seoul. The first detection of HPAI in that city in a decade (see Korea Times Bird flu virus spreads to Seoul). […]
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2:49 PM | Saudi MOH: `Veros_Korona’
  # 9695   Arabic twitter lit up this morning (hashtag كورونا  aka `Corona’) as reports streamed out of a conference held today by the Saudi Ministry of Health where they announced new plans to deal with the expected surge of coronavirus cases in the coming months under the banner of  #فيروس_كورونا  which translates to Veros_Korana which I take to mean […]
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1:00 PM | Guangdong Province: 1 New H7N9 Case, Issues Seasonal Flu Warning
  # 9694   Guangdong’s string of H7N9 announcements continues today with a brief report of a 33 year-old man from Shantou who was diagnosed on the 9th, and is in critical condition.    Shantou reported one case of H7N9 cases 2015-02-10 16:36:35   Ministry of Health and Family Planning  | Views ( 34 ) | text background color: Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province February 10 briefing, Shantou reported one case of […]
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3:23 AM | I’d barf too: Stench from rotting lamb carcasses at Detroit market makes reporter vomit
Steve Neavling of the Motor City Muckraker writes: The stench was so foul that I vomited. A dumpster at the Eastern Market was brimming with scores of rotting lamb carcasses Sunday afternoon, plainly visible to motorists along Gratiot Avenue in … Continue reading →
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1:24 AM | The Perfect Workspace
What exactly is the perfect work space? For me, the answer is “many.” Since I’m not assigned to a cubicle for my PhD work I have some flexibility as to when and how I get my work done. It’s like that really worn out joke about getting a STEM PhD, “The hours are great! You … Continue reading The Perfect Workspace →
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1:11 AM | Viral supercomputer simulations
Jason Roberts, a virologist at the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, creates three-dimensional simulations of viruses showing how the molecules that make up the capsid and genome might move in very short periods of time. I visited Jason in his laboratory at the newly constructed Peter Doherty Institute, to learn how he develops […]

February 09, 2015

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7:48 PM | It’s a cyclical thing: More awareness, more food safety reporting in Ireland
A razor blade in minced meat is among the items alleged to have been found in food products in 2014, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. 2,783 complaints were received about food safety, while the number of calls … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | Food fraud: 20% samples had undeclared meat in UK lamb takeaway survey
The Food Standards Agency has today published the results of its survey of undeclared meat in lamb dishes from takeaway outlets across the UK. The testing was announced last year and was prompted by evidence of ongoing substitution of lamb … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | New Zealand dairy farmers use glass bottles and vending machines to sell raw milk from the farm
While Victorian regulators want to ban the sale of raw milk, in New Zealand it’s sold in on-farm vending machines. Dairy company Village Milk in Golden Bay, on New Zealand’s South Island, is selling up to 300-litres of raw milk … Continue reading →
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5:45 PM | Tuberculosis: Review of The Forgotten Plague by American Experience (PBS)
Now it is the forgotten plague, but in the 1800's through the early 20th century, tuberculosis (TB) was not out-of-mind. It affected everyone; nearly 1 in 170 people were in a sanitarium. Nearly every family, rich or poor, lost family members to TB. Highlighting how the U.S. was affected by TB, American Experience has produced yet another thought-provoking documentary:American Experience: The Forgotten PlagueThe Deadly Story of Tuberculosis in America and the Hunt for a […]
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